After painting and stencilling my rusty, orange wheelbarrow, it seemed only right that I give my lawnmower the same treatment. I didn’t get a before photo of the lawnmower but you can use your orange imagination. I also paint and stencil the wooden handles of my garden tools so I don’t lose them in the brambles.
I opted to spray paint the lawnmower white and add the flower stencil with black spray paint (see instructions below).
Here’s the freshly painted mowing machine:
And here’s the handsome couple:
The entire paint job took ten minutes maximum. It’s a lawnmower, after all: no need to fuss. Cutting the lawn never looked so good and, as a reader pointed out, it’s too conspicuous to steal.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Spray paint suitable for metal (1 black, 1 white)
- Card stock (I used old file folders) for making the stencils
- Exacto knife, pencil
- Masking tape or painter’s tape
- Big cardboard box (that your lawnmower or wheelbarrow can fit inside)
- Protective mask, gloves, glasses
Caution: Work outside in a safe area away from animals, food growing, etc. I use a large cardboard box as my spraying area so that any excess paint is contained in the box.
- Clean off the lawnmower and wheelbarrow. Take a before photo!
- Cut the card stock/file folder to fit the areas you want to stencil. I made one long stencil (that fit the side of the wheelbarrow) and used it for everything.
- To prepare the stencil, draw large, simple shapes (I did a daisies and flower petals) on the card stock with pencil and cut them out with the exacto knife. You might want to do this step while your waiting for the base coat to dry.
- With the lawnmower/wheelbarrow in the cardboard box, spray paint the base coat colour. For my project, I painted one item white and one item black. Allow to dry (read the instructions on the can).
- Tape the stencil in place.
- Put on your protective gear.
- Read the spray paint label for best spraying distance. Spray your design in a contrasting colour. Remove the stencil and allow paint to dry before stencilling adjacent area. (This may only take a few minutes.)
- Take an after photo and share your creation!